Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration at the University of Memphis is a nationally recognized training program with a primary goal of preparing graduates to become Licensed Professional Counselors in the State of Tennessee (LPC-MHSP). Rehabilitation counselors utilize their skills and knowledge assist individuals with intellectual, physical, and psychological disabilities to become or remain self-sufficient and productive members of society. Clinical rehabilitation counselors provide comprehensive counseling services in an array of counseling settings.

Situated in an urban research university, we offer flexibility to both full-time and part-time students. This concentration has a 60-hour credit requirement. Students are eligible to take the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam during the last semester of their course work. Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) scholarships provide tuition and stipends to selected students. that offers a 60-semester hour, dually accredited CORE and CACREP curriculum.

The Profession of Rehabilitation Counseling

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of rehabilitation counselors is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
Clinical rehabilitation counselors are employed in the following settings:

  • Private rehabilitation companies
  • Private mental health counseling practices
  • Community based mental health agencies
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Geriatric counseling and rehabilitation programs
  • Hospital-based treatment programs
  • Developmental disability agencies
  • Head injury programs
  • Group homes
  • Community-based correction programs
  • Veteran's Administration medical centers
  • Educational settings (high school and college/university)
  • Employee assistance programs

Mission Statement

The mission of the rehabilitation counseling master's degree program at The University of Memphis is to prepare professional rehabilitation counselors to provide a full range of rehabilitation counseling services to facilitate the personal, educational, and vocational development of individuals with emotional, cognitive, physical, and neurological impairments.

Why is our program the best place to start?

  • Dynamic employment opportunities upon graduation
  • Federal scholarships and paid internships
  • Late afternoon and evening classes
  • Supervised practicum and internship
  • Close working relationships between students and faculty
  • Immediate eligibility after graduation for CRC Certification
  • Eligible to become a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP)in the state of Tennessee
  • Nationally recognized faculty

Concentration Coordinator

Steve West


Steven L. West
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2000


Applicants to the program should be willing to have a personal interview with the admission committee.

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Program Deadlines

  • Fall  Semester Application Deadline: March 1st
  • Spring  Semester Application Deadline: October 1st

Financial Aid

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